Updated: May 2
New Hampshire, The Granite State, offers benefits to 110,000 veterans.
Veteran Education Benefits
Members of the New Hampshire National Guard can apply for tuition waivers for attending any state college. To qualify for the tuition assistance, Hampshire service members must meet the following criteria:
● Enrollment in a vocational or technical school under the commissioner of regional community-technical colleges authority OR
● Enrollment in any state-supported university or public college.
● Be an active member of the New Hampshire National Guard and completed advanced individual training or who has been commissioned.
● In or out-of-state residence
Waivers are granted on a space-available basis and after other federal educational entitlements have been exhausted. ( Montgomery GI benefits and the National Guard scholarship grants are excluded from this qualification).
Free Tuition for Dependents
Under specific circumstances, children of service members may receive free tuition for colleges or vocational or technical schools. To qualify, applicants must be:
● Children of missing service members who served any time after February 28, 1961, and stationed in New Hampshire OR
● Children of service members who were killed during wartime OR
● Children of veterans who died from a service-related disability
Children of service members, who need financial assistance, may also qualify for scholarships of up to $2500 per year to cover the costs of room, board, books, and educational supplies. The scholarships are available for up to four years.
Veteran Employment Benefits
Employment Services Priority
New Hampshire Employment Services (NHES) gives veterans and their spouses priority in training, employment, and placement for the Department of Labor-funded state workforce programs. To qualify for this priority, veterans must meet the following qualifications:
● A minimum of 90 days in military service
● Released or discharge other than dishonorable
To qualify, spouses must be one of the following:
● Surviving spouse of a military service member who died because of a service-connected disability
● Spouse of a service member declared MIA or been captured or forcibly detained by a foreign government
● Spouses of a veteran who are totally, permanently disabled because of military service
NHES gives qualifying veterans priority in funding for training.
Some state agencies give preference to veterans when hiring:
● Employees of the State Liquor Commission
● Director for the State Office of Veterans Services
● Veterans Homes
● Both the Commandant and the employees of the New Hampshire
● State Office of Veterans Services
● Local and state public departments and public works, including un-remarried surviving spouses and spouses of disabled veterans
Towns and other subdivisions may offer re-employment preference to veterans who apply within 90 days of their service discharge.
Veteran Housing Benefits
Assisted Care Homes and Nursing Homes for Veterans
The New Hampshire State Veterans' Home in New Hampshire
The 250-bed facility reserves 100 beds for residents in need of memory care—nearly 400 healthcare professionals staff this intermediate to long-term care facility. The Veterans’ Home coordinating with local hospitals and the US Department of Veterans Affairs, also provides outpatient care and inpatient hospitalization.
To be eligible for a bed in the facility, veterans must meet the following criteria:
● Honorably discharged from any military branch, the New Hampshire Army or Air National Guards or reserves
● New Hampshire residency for one year before the date of application or New Hampshire listed as the applicant’s home of record on discharge paperwork.
● The facility must have the resources to treat any conditions or disabilities the veteran may have.
● The veteran cannot be a potential danger to him or herself or other residents.
● Financial assets must not exceed a cap (check for the current cap.) Assets are reviewed for one year before the date of application. In cases where a married applicant owns a home, that home remains the property of the spouse.
● Honorably discharged wartime veterans who are unable to support themselves can apply to the state for housing assistance. This assistance comes through local public welfare offices or a county commissioners’ office.
Veteran Financial Benefits
License Fee Waivers
Veterans with disabilities resulting from military service, or the un-remarried surviving spouse of a deceased veteran, may be exempt from peddler’s licensing fees.
Tax Credits for Veterans
New Hampshire provides a tax credit of $50 for veterans served during a qualifying war or armed conflict. Veterans must have served during periods:
● “World War I, between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918. The period is extended to April 1, 1920, for military service in Russia.
● World War II, between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946.
● Korean Conflict between June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955.
● Vietnam Conflict between December 22, 1961, and May 7, 1975.
● Vietnam Conflict, between July 1, 1958, and December 22, 1961, only when a Vietnam service medal or an armed forces expeditionary medal was awarded.
● Persian Gulf War after August 2, 1990
● Any hostilities occurring after May 8, 1975, only if an armed forces expeditionary medal or theater of operations service medal was awarded
Recipients must also meet the following criteria:
● an honorable discharge (or spouse or surviving spouse)
● Veterans separated from service due to disability because of service (or his or her surviving spouse).
● The surviving spouse of any service member who died due to military service
Other tax credits offered by New Hampshire include the following:
● The surviving spouses of service members killed while on active duty may be eligible for a tax credit of between $700 and $2000.
● A veteran who became permanently and totally disabled because of service may qualify for a tax credit. The credit also applies to a surviving spouse who has not remarried. A town or city can increase the tax credit by a vote.
Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans
Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled, including the blind, double amputees, or paraplegic, may qualify for a property tax exemption. Veterans must meet one of the following requirements:
● Ownership of a home specially adapted for the disabled through an assistance program of the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
● Ownership of a house purchased with proceeds from the sale of a home purchased through the US Department of Veterans Affairs assistance program
Surviving spouses may also qualify for the exemption.
The New Hampshire Vietnam Bonus pays $100 to veterans who qualify. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
● Served for at least 90 days
● Served in Vietnam between August 5, 1964, and August 15, 1973, or July 1, 1958, and August 5, 1964
● Earned a Vietnam Service Medal or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
● Be a New Hampshire resident at the time of enlistment
● Been honorably discharged
After August 22, 1977, any claim filed requires the approval of the Adjutant General, the Governor, and the Executive Council.
The Persian Gulf War Service Bonus pays $100 to veterans who qualify. Applicants must meet all the following criteria:
● Served between August 2, 1990, and November 30, 1995
● Awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal
● Received an honorable discharge
● Be a New Hampshire resident at the time of service
Veterans who have received a Persian Gulf War Bonus payment from another state cannot accept the New Hampshire bonus. Although the program expired on August 31, 2002, provisions allow for submission and acceptance of applications that deadline.
The Global War on Terrorism Operations Service Bonus pays $100 to veterans who qualify. Applicants must meet all the following criteria:
● Served on or after September 11, 2001 (end date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense)
● Received the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
● Honorably discharged
● Be a New Hampshire resident at the time of such service
Service members who are MIA or who are killed in action also qualify posthumously for the award. The program expired on June 11, 2009 ,but provisions allow for submission and acceptance of applications after the deadline.
National Guard service members may be eligable to receive Workers' Compensation benefits under specific circumstances:
● Compensation can be awarded to members of the New Hampshire National Guard who sustain injuries or illness while on active duty.
● Workers' compensation can be awarded posthumously to deceased service members killed while on, or because of active duty.
Additional Veteran Benefits
Driver License and ID Cards for Veterans
Veterans may receive a veteran designation on their New Hampshire non-driver state ID, driver licenses, or commercial driver license. To be eligible for the indicator, applicants must present proof of an honorable discharge.
There is no additional cost to add the designation during the regular renewals. There is a $3.00 fee for the application submitted outside the standard time for renewal.
Disabled veterans are exempted from paying driver license fees if they meet the following criteria:
● Be an amputee or paraplegic
● Received a motor vehicle from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, OR
● The Department of Veterans Affairs classified a veteran as permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service
Vehicle Registration for Veterans
Vehicle registration fee exemptions are available to some veterans.
● Registration fees for one vehicle are waived for veterans classified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs as totally blind due to military service.
● Registration fees are waived for any vehicles provided by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to an amputee, a paraplegic or blind veteran who has been classified as permanently and totally disabled due to military service.
● Registration fees are waived for any vehicles provided by the US Department of Veteran Affairs to amputee or paraplegic veterans or veterans who have lost the use of a limb because of military service and certified as totally and permanently disabled because of military service.
License Plates and Parking Benefits
Special designation license plates are available to eligible veterans at low to no cost. To qualify for the plates, applicants must fulfill one of the following criteria:
● Motor vehicles owned by veterans with walking disabilities. A $5 fee is charged to cover the printing and mailing costs.
● Amputee or paraplegic veterans who have been classified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs as permanently and totally disabled because of military service, for a vehicle received from or replaced by the Department of Veterans Affairs. These plates are free.
● Blind veterans who the US Department of Veterans Affairs determined to be totally blind because of military service. These plates are free.
● Veterans who are former Prisoners of War (POWs). The plates are free of charge.
Veterans who own vehicles with special disabled veteran license plates with the international accessibility symbol can park for free in any city or town in New Hampshire.
Recreational Benefits for Veterans
Hunting and fishing licenses may be issued to eligible veterans at low to no cost. To qualify for the licenses, applicants must meet at one of the following:
● Veterans determined to be permanently and totally disabled because of military service, who have been honorably discharged, and are New Hampshire residents may be issued a perpetual Fish and Game License free of charge other than a one-time $10 administrative fee.
● Paraplegic veterans may be issued permits for hunting from motor vehicles or non-motor boats. There is a one-time $10 administrative fee for the permit.
● Veterans who are either resident patients at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, NH, or residents of the NH Veterans' Home, may be issued free fishing permits.
Disabled veterans and New Hampshire National Guard members may be entitled to free admission to NH state parks. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
● US Department of Veterans Affairs determined disability due to military service. The veteran has either New Hampshire Disabled Veteran license plates or a state park letter issued by the VA verifying disability due to military service.
● National Guard service members who are residents of New Hampshire and are either serving or retired in pay grades E-1 through E-6.
Ski lifts, campgrounds, and food services are excluded.
Burial Benefits for Veterans
The New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen provides burial services for all veterans regardless of residence state. Qualifying spouses and dependents can qualify for burial under specific circumstances. To qualify, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
● Honorable discharge, and served a minimum before September 7, 1980
● Served at least 24 months service after September 7, 1980
● Reserve Components and Reserve Officers' Training Corps are eligible for internment under specific circumstances.
Veterans are encouraged to pre-apply to determine eligibility, but pre-need eligibility determination does not reserve or guarantee a space. The burial of an indigent veteran who has died in a New Hampshire municipality may be paid for by the municipality.